Meaning and Name Origin
Robert \r(o)-be-rt\ as a boys' name is pronounced RAH-bert. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Robert is "bright fame". A favorite name for boys since the Middle Ages. Especially favored by the Scots due to 14th-century King Robert the Bruce and to poet Robert Burns. Name of an 11th-century Duke of Normandy who was also a Crusader. Roberto is a Latin form of the name. Senator Robert Kennedy; poet Robert Burns; actors Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Rob Schneider; author Robert Lawson; General Robert E. Lee; author Robert Ludlum; baseball players Roberto Alomar, Roberto Clemente.
Robert has 30 variants: Bert▼, Bertie▼, Bob▼, Bobbie▼, Bobby▼, Rab, Rabbie, Riobard, Rip, Rob▼, Roban, Robb▼, Robben, Robbie▼, Robbin, Robbins, Robbinson, Robby▼, Robers, Roberto▲, Robertson, Robi, Robin▼, Robinson, Robson, Robyn, Robynson, Rupert▼, Ruperto and Ruprecht.
Robert is a very popular first name for men (#3 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#2533 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Robert for boys. Robert reached its highest rank of #1 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, and is at #61 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Robert and corresponding names. Popular alternative forms of Robert (#61 the previous year) are Roberto (#343 the previous year), Bruce (#401), Bo (#638), Bobby (#752), Robby, Rupert, Robin, Robbie, Rob, Bertie, Bob, Bobbie, Bert and Robb. Usage of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1960-1969 and has become much lower since, with forms like Bobby, Robb, Robbie, Robby and Robin falling out of fashion. Bo (#638) and Roberto (#343) are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns among these. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)